Today's a big day in the literary world because Margaret Atwood's long-awaited follow up to The Handmaid's Tale is out today.
The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
It's been fifteen years since Ofred was spirited away in a van. The regime is still in control of Gilead, but their are signs it may be imploding.
The Testaments is the story of two women who have grown up under the regime and a woman who uses secrets to her advantage. The three stories converge, each woman coming to terms with who they are and what they are willing to do to stand by what they believe in.
Look, if you've read The Handmaid's Tale, or any Atwood book for that matter, then you know this is not going to be a fun, easy read. It will, however, be a good one. You may just need to binge watch some Adventure Time afterward. Or perhaps read a silly mystery. Might I recommend the series I co-wrote? Link is here.
From the author: "Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in."
I hear ya', sis.
If you haven't already picked up a copy, you may do so here.
Up next, a new book from one of my favorite dudes.
The Institute, Stephen King
Based on the synopsis, this book is basically what would happen if Professor X and Miss Peregrine suddenly turned into Magneto and/or Delores Umbridge. Honestly, I'd take Magneto any day. Tucked away in the Maine woods sits The Institute. The children who attend - attend is really the wrong word since they are kidnapped - The Institute are gifted. Some of them have telekinetic powers, some read minds - that might be the same thing, I am not a scientist - others are just super smart. Smart enough to release they might not be guests after all.
See, this is where these people go wrong. Well, they went wrong when they kidnapped kids, but let's move past that for a moment. Your plan is to take these children who can read minds, move things with their minds, and have literally off the charts IQs and you're going to try to use them for evil. But they know that because they can read your mind. It seems very much like a Boris and Natasha plan. It simply will not go well.
Meanwhile, a cop in South Carolina is walking a beat, but he's about to be working the case of a lifetime. I have no idea how this man is going to tie in, but I can't wait to find out. It looks like the Summer of Stevie is extending into fall.
That's all I have for you today, readers.